Mission Statement
"We are committed to enable the safe and timely transition to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies by sharing the benefit of extensive experience and providing suggestions and recommendations pertaining to handling and use of hydrogen."
- Hydrogen Safety Panel
What We Do
Our Focus Areas
Perform Project Reviews
Evaluate Unique Applications
Participate in Incident Fact Finding and Investigations
Identify Safety Related Gaps
Capture Unique Learnings
Provide Safety Planning Guidance
Provide Safety Training and Outreach Events
Activities Benefiting from our Involvement

* Support for AHJ and code officials can bridge the gap for inexperienced staff, facilitate faster approvals, support a greater confidence in project safety and provide more technically justified safety features or alternate means and methods.

Why You Need Us
Clear Safety Issue Hurdles to H2 Project Acceptance
Identify and Close Safety Gaps
Leverage Best Practice Learnings
Reduce H2 Project Cost
What We Accomplished
Highlighted Projects:

For the California Energy Commission

– Jensen Safety Plan Review

– Hydrogen-XT Safety Plan Review

– First Element Safety Plan Review and more

Safety Planning for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Projects

Safety Planning Guidance for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Projects

Safety Planning for the 2014-2016 H-Prize Competition

Who We Are
The Hydrogen Safety Panel is multidisciplinary team of engineers, scientist, code officials, safety professions, equipments providers, and testing and certification experts.
Some of the companies and organizations participating in the HSP
Members
HSP Members
Nick Nick Barilo
Program Manager

Nick Barilo is a licensed fire protection engineer having over 30 years of experience. He has dedicated his career to reducing risks to personnel and property and has performed fire hazard and risk analyses; provided fire protection engineering consultation and oversight for high-risk facilities; designed and engineered fire protection and life safety systems; and participated in fire investigations.

He attained a Professional Engineering license in fire protection in 2003. Nick has served on the NFPA 2, Hydrogen Technologies Code committee since its inception in 2006. He was instrumental in organizing the first eight chapters of the initial release of the Code in 2011 and continues to be an active member. Nick joined the Hydrogen Safety Panel in 2007 and has served as program manager for hydrogen safety supporting the DOE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Program since 2012. During his service on the Panel, Nick has participated in safety plan reviews and site evaluations; assisted in the development of the Hydrogen Safety Best Practices manual; and contributed technical expertise to numerous Panel initiatives. As program manager Nick directs activities for the Hydrogen Safety Panel, safety knowledge dissemination and first responder training tasks, including development of the hydrogen tools portal (http://h2tools.org). Nick has authored papers and journal articles, and has presented both nationally and internationally on hydrogen safety.

Eric Eric Binder
Fire Marshal

Eric is currently the Fire Marshal and CUPA/Hazmat Manager for the City of Santa Monica Fire Department. Eric has over 20 years of experience in the fields of Fire/Life Safety and Hazardous Materials serving in positions with several academic institutions, including Caltech and UCLA, and the cities of Long Beach and Santa Monica. Eric served as a member of the State of California CUPA Forum Board and was the Underground Petroleum Storage Tank Steering Committee Chair and Issue Coordinator for the Southern California Region.

For the past 16 years, Eric has held several positions in the Santa Monica Fire Department that focused on hazardous materials management and enforcement. Eric has been active in the design and review of several alternative energy installations including CNG, LNG and Hydrogen. Many of these were constructed before national codes and standards were in place, making design review a challenge.

Eric holds a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering Technology and a Master's of Science in Environmental and Occupational Health Science and is certified by the State of California Fire Marshal as a Fire Marshal, Plans Examiner, Hazardous Materials Specialist and Fire/Arson Investigator.

Ken Ken Boyce
Principle Engineer Director

Ken Boyce is Principal Engineer Director, Energy & Power Technologies at UL LLC. Ken has decades of experience in safety engineering across many sectors.  Most recently he has served as UL’s technical leader for the energy and power sectors, overseeing standards development and technical operations for renewable energy technologies, batteries and energy storage, advanced technology infrastructure, electric vehicle systems, power distribution, factory automation, and related equipment.  He serves as the Chairman of UL’s Renewable Energy Council. Ken is very active in the standards and code development community, and serves as the Chairman of National Electrical Code Panel 1 for the National Fire Protection Association. He represents UL in numerous global energy initiatives such as the IEC Renewable Energy Scheme.  He works closely with US National Laboratories and academic institutions to advance scientific knowledge, including leading a number of significant renewable energy research projects.  Ken holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, is a Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois, and is a Corporate Fellow in the William Henry Merrill Society at UL.

Mr. Farese joined Air Products in 1989 and has served in several engineering and operations positions. Nearly all of this time has been spent working with hydrogen and on hydrogen related systems. Mr. Farese is currently the Lead Engineer for the Complex and Revenue Projects team within the Customer Engineering group. Responsibilities include leading a team of engineers to design, build, and install complex gas delivery systems to support customer needs. These systems usually require high pressure and/or high flow requirements. In addition, this team has a focus on providing engineering and project services to meet customer needs and generate revenue. Specific duties include system design; scope, schedule and budget development; sales and marketing support; project execution; and technical support. Previously, Mr. Farese served as a Lead Process Safety Engineer in the Electronics and Performance Materials group. This role supported the process safety requirements for new projects and operating facilities. Activities included risk analysis, performance of hazard reviews, and incident investigation.

From 2002 to 2011, Mr Farese was the Engineering Manager of the Hydrogen Energy Systems engineering group. This group supported new hydrogen technologies, particularly those for fueling vehicles. Primary responsibilities of the group include project management, product development, and operations support. The group developed, tested, and deployed new products to support rapidly evolving hydrogen fueling needs. These products included new means of production, purification, compression, storage and dispensing of hydrogen at pressures up to 15000 psig. The group has also extensively supported the nascent hydrogen codes and standards effort, and taken a lead role in providing hydrogen safety training.

Prior to 2002, Mr. Farese was the Project Manager of the Advanced Systems group. This group was responsible for managing projects involving the installation of industrial gas related supply equipment at customer sites. The primary focus was high-pressure pump and compressor systems, particularly those involving hydrogen. As part of this work, Mr. Farese was the project manager for over a dozen high pressure hydrogen compression systems, including the fuel stations at the California Partnership in West Sacramento, the Ford Dearborn Scientific Research Laboratory, and the Chicago Transit Authority bus facility.

As an operations engineer for Air Products’ Packaged Gases group from 1994 to 1996, Mr. Farese’s duties included on-site and technical support to customers to optimize industrial gas usage through equipment design, process improvements and waste minimization; program development and definition; and sales and marketing assistance. Previously he was an operations engineer in the Gases Group’s Operations Services area. In this role, he provided technical support and project management to increase safety, reliability, and productivity of industrial gas supply systems, with a specialty in hydrogen compression. He also provided commissioning services, engineering support and troubleshooting of mechanical and electrical problems for hydrogen systems installed at customer facilities.

Mr. Farese also participates in several codes and standards efforts and is a principal member of the NFPA 2 and NFPA 52Technical Committees, the DOE Hydrogen Safety Panel, and holds over fifteen patents in the areas of hydrogen fueling and high pressure compression.

Bill Fort is an independent consultant in the areas of materials engineering and process safety. He retired in 2009 as a Principal Materials Engineer with Shell Global Solutions in Houston after a career of 34 years. He specializing in materials selection and corrosion for oil production, refining and chemical plant processes. Bill earned a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Florida in 1975. He joined Shell Development Company in Houston, where he worked on the development of new chemical processes and provided materials support for operating plants. He worked as a corrosion engineer at Shell’s Norco, Louisiana refining and chemical complex from 1978 to 1981.

On returning to Houston, Bill helped develop coal gasification and enhanced oil recovery processes as part of Shell’s combined engineering and R&D organization. He joined Equilon Enterprises, a Shell-Texaco refining joint venture, in the early 1990’s, to focus on materials and corrosion consultation for refining. Between 2002 and 2007, Bill took assignments in the Shell research laboratories in Amsterdam and in the Kuala Lumpur engineering offices of Shell Global Solutions, consulting with Shell and 3rd party refining and chemical organizations on materials, corrosion and process safety.

After returning to Houston, Bill supported development of advanced downhole thermal processes for heavy oil recovery and development of the hydrogen fueled vehicle infrastructure. Bill is a Life Member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE). He has served as chairman of Group Committee T-5B on High Temperature Materials and of Task Group T-8-21 on Refinery Additives Injection Facilities.

Bill represented Shell on the Board of Directors and on the Technical Activities Committee of the Materials Technology Institute (MTI). Since retirement, Bill joined the Department of Energy’s Hydrogen Safety Panel, which he currently serves as chairman.

Livio Gambone joined CSA Group’s newly-formed Transportation Fuels business unit as a technical manager in 2013. He is responsible for CSA Group’s Langley Hydrogen Test Lab which is equipped to perform design qualification, certification and upset condition testing of hydrogen vehicle and fueling infrastructure components. Livio is a technical advisor on compressed natural gas (CNG) and hydrogen-related technical matters to government agencies such as Natural Resources Canada, Transport Canada (Road Safety), U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Transportation (NHTSA). He is also an expert in the failure analysis of metallic and composite reinforced pressure vessels and has been involved as an expert witness in numerous failure investigations involving litigation.

Aaron developed a passion for US energy independence during his service in the US Marine Corps. While researching career options, before leaving the Marines, Aaron stumbled onto hydrogen fuel cells and became enamored with the technology. The potential for hydrogen to serve both environmental and national security interests drove his pursuit of bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Washington.

Aaron has held various positions at several companies including: International Fuel Cells, The Boeing Company, Nuvera Fuel Cells and Sandia National Laboratories. Aaron is currently the Technical Director of Hydrogen Energy at Air Liquide Advanced Technologies US in Houston TX. He has published numerous articles on hydrogen safety and serves on many codes and standards development committees..

Mr. Kallman is an Environmental Protection Specialist for the City of Santa Fe Springs Department of Fire-Rescue. He is responsible for implementation of the federal and state mandated Accidental Release Prevention Program within the City and inspects facilities for compliance with all the Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) regulated programs. He is a state certified hazardous material specialist which allows him to respond to hazardous materials emergencies as part of a hazardous materials response team.

Mr. Kallman obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at San Diego in 1984 and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 1991. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California. He worked in materials research and development for Northrop Corporation prior to joining the Fire Service in 1993. He has served as co-chair of the Region 1 Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) Administering Agency Subcommittee and was vice-chair of the International Code Council (ICC) ad-hoc committee on hydrogen gas from August of 2000 to September of 2003. He previously served as Chair of the Hydrogen Safety Panel.

Dr. Chris LaFleur has more than 20 years in progressively responsible positions in Risk Management and Fire Protection Engineering. Chris conducts research and development activities in fire risk analysis including failure mode analysis, event trees, fault trees and fire modeling at Sandia National Laboratories. She is responsible for the fire risk program activities in the Risk & Reliability Analysis department. She supports Fire Probabilistic Risk Assessment (Fire PRA) methodology improvements for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Her main focuses are implementing a risk informed performance-based approach to hydrogen refueling station design and permitting, conducting research in support of fire codes and standards, development of risk analyses for liquefied natural gas fueled vehicles and locomotives, and assessment of fire hazards in underground munitions facilities.

Chris has been at Sandia since 2010. Prior to Sandia, Dr. LaFleur initiated, developed and implemented the fire risk analysis program at General Motors by collecting and analyzing fire incident data and creating risk-informed decision support tools that impacted safety and productivity for the entire manufacturing enterprise. Chris worked at General Motors for 12 years in various organizations including Global Security, where she managed the corporate global fire protection standards, Worldwide Facilities, where she was in charge of design specification, construction oversight, and acted as liaison to the Authorities Having Jurisdiction for construction projects, and Corporate Risk Management, where she was responsible for risk quantification analysis for several regions and was responsible for business continuity planning , property insurance, and enterprise risk management. Prior to GM, Chris worked as an environmental engineer for Parsons from 1991 to 1998. Professional abilities include development of Monte Carlo risk models, design and programming of relational databases for risk tracking and analysis, and development of risk-informed decision support tools.

Chris is a registered professional engineer in Virginia and New Mexico as well as a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator. She serves as a principle member of the sprinkler discharge criteria committee of NFPA 13, Installation of Sprinkler Systems, as well as an alternate member of NFPA 2, Hydrogen Technologies Code. She also serves on the CSA Technical Advisory Group on Hydrogen Fueling Station Guidelines (HGV 4.9) and the H2USA Locations Working Group. Chris earned a BS in Geology and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester and an MS in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland. She also holds a Doctorate of Engineering degree in Manufacturing Engineering focusing on Fire Risk Analysis in a Manufacturing Enterprise from the University of Michigan.

Miguel J. Maes obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University with a minor in Environmental Engineering. Mr. Maes has worked for NASA at the Johnson Space Center’s White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) since 1996 where he began his career studying and testing materials and components in hypergolic propellants. He began his hydrogen career working as a project manager for re-certification of the space shuttle’s Liquid Hydrogen Recirculation Pumps (LHRPs) from 2000 to 2005 and from 2008 to 2010 was responsible for reactivating WSTF’s Hydrogen Flow Control Valve (HFCV) test facility and performing qualification testing of new HFCVs.

Mr. Maes is one of the co-instructors of NASA’s Hydrogen Safety Course that is taught at each of the NASA centers and is also available through AIAA. He is now the manager of the Hydrogen Group at WSTF. This group is responsible for reviewing and evaluating the hazards of all hydrogen systems at WSTF and has been requested on multiple agency hydrogen safety inquiries for ground support equipment issues as well as International Space Station (ISS) and Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) hydrogen issues.

steve Steve Mathison
Honda Motor Company

Steve Mathison is a Senior Engineer in the Powertrain Strategy Group at Honda R&D Americas, Inc.   He received a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Idaho, and a M.S. Degree in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, graduating in 1987.  He started his career with Honda R&D Americas in 1987, after which he spent two years working at Honda R&D in Japan in the area of vehicle dynamics. After his return to the U.S., he began working on electric vehicle research in the early 1990s, helping bring Honda’s EV Plus to market. Later, his research interests evolved into the area of fuel cell electric vehicles, with an emphasis on hydrogen refueling and infrastructure, including Honda's residential scale Solar Hydrogen Station (SHS). 

Most recently, Steve's research has been focused on the development of an advanced hydrogen fueling protocol named the MC Default Fill, based on the MC Method - an analytical approach to calculating the end of fill gas temperature in a compressed hydrogen storage cylinder - which he co-developed within Honda.  This formula based fueling protocol offers faster and more consistent fueling times for FCV customers as well as enhanced design and operational flexibility for hydrogen station manufacturers.  He recently completed an extensive validation process of the MC Default Fill, which included computer simulations, bench testing, and field testing.  As a result of this work, the SAE Fuel Cell Standards Committee Interface Task Force has recently agreed to open up the SAE J2601 hydrogen fueling protocols standard for revision, where he will be the document sponsor, working towards incorporating the MC Default Fill into the standard.

Steve has been a member of the SAE Fuel Cell Standards Committee Interface Working Group for nearly 10 years where he has contributed towards the publication of numerous standards, including SAE J2600, J2719, and J2601. 

Larry Larry Moulthrop
Retired

Larry Moulthrop is a systems and safety professional, focused on hydrogen generation, water electrolysis, hydrogen fuel cells, and H2 fueling systems since 1978.  

Larry retired from Proton Energy Systems (d/b/a Proton OnSite) in 2016, the company he co-founded in 1996 to transition PEM-based water electrolysis technology into commercial packaged H2 generation products. As Vice President of Hydrogen Systems.  Mr. Moulthrop worked with Proton’s engineering and applications teams to refine and develop new packaged hydrogen generator products for vehicle fueling, renewable energy capture, telecom backup power, military applications, and many other hydrogen applications.   Mr. Moulthrop managed Proton’s product safety and product code compliance processes for all product and project efforts at Proton.  For six years he managed operations of 12 fuel cell vehicles fleet and the PV-augmented H2 fueling station based at Proton OnSite.

Mr. Moulthrop serves as the convenor for ISO 22734, Hydrogen Generation using Water Electrolysis, the international water electrolyzer product standard.  He is a member of NFPA 2 Hydrogen Technologies technical committee, ISO TC197 Hydrogen Technologies US Technical Advisory Group, and SAE J2601 Fueling Protocols for Light Duty Gaseous Hydrogen Surface Vehicles committee.

Prior to starting Proton, Mr. Moulthrop led efforts at United Technologies and General Electric that developed and deployed closed-loop H2-O2 regenerative fuel cell systems, 200 bar oxygen generators, primary H2-O2 PEM fuel cells, H2-Cl2 fuel cells for energy storage, and industrial water electrolyzers.   He initiated his career in PEM electrochemistry at General Electric, working with many of the original developers of the PEM art. 

Mr. Moulthrop holds 22 issued US patents in the areas of PEM cell design and PEM system architecture through his work with Proton Energy Systems, United Technologies, and General Electric.  He received his BSChE degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1978.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • United Technologies (1970 - 2006) Involved in the design and development of fuel cell stacks, fuel processors for the conversion of hydrocarbon fuels to hydrogen, and fuel cell power plants for both aerospace and commercial applications. During the 37 years of service, held various positions with increasing responsibility in engineering design and development and project/program management, rising to the position of Chief Engineer at UTC Power.
  • GWS Solutions of Tolland LLC (2007 – present) Served as a DOE consultant since retiring from United Technologies. Primary emphasis is the development of codes and standards for fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) as well as general hydrogen safety.

CODES AND STANDARDS INVOLVEMENT:

  • ISO TC197 for Hydrogen Technologies – Chairman, USTAG
  • ISO TC22/SC21 for FCVs – Chairman, USTAG
  • SAE Fuel Cell Vehicles (FCVs) - Chairman of the Safety Task Force and Vice Chairman of the FCV Committee
  • Member of the DOE Hydrogen Safety Panel
  • Past member of the Hydrogen Industry Panel on Codes (HIPOC)

ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Received DOE Hydrogen R&D Award in 2010
  • 20 Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Generating Patents
  • Senior Fellow at UTC Fuel Cells
  • 1982 UTC Power Sector Award for Distinguished Service to a Valued Customer

EDUCATION:

  • BS Aerospace Engineering, Penn State, 1970 • MS Mechanical Engineering, University of Connecticut, 1973

Thomas Witte graduated valedictorian from Villanova University as a Chemical Engineer in 1983.  He promptly began working for Air Products and Chemicals designing industrial gas systems (nitrogen, oxygen, argon, helium, and hydrogen).  Tom has been involved in the installation of thousands of cryogenic and gaseous systems, including hydrogen fueling stations.   He was the North American Engineering Manager for Air Products and Chemicals prior to retiring from Air Products in 2014 to start his own consulting company, Witte Engineered Gases.  As part of his duties as Engineering Manager, he trained personnel, developed procedures and design standards, and was responsible for the engineering of all industrial gas systems installed at customers sites.  Tom's hydrogen expereince includes responsibility for the hydrogen design standards, hydrogen safety training, advanced systems design, managing a liquid hydrogen transfill, and testing the new liquid hydrogen and oxygen system at the Cape Canaveral launch site at Space Launch Complex (SLC) 37.

In addition to system design and project management, Tom has been involved in the development of codes and standards for the National Fire Protection Association and Compressed Gas Association (CGA), with special emphasis on gaseous and liquid hydrogen systems.  In 2013, Tom was awarded the CGA 2013 Recipient of Chart Industries Distinguished Service Award.

Bob Zalosh is a Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Professor Emeritus and runs a consulting organization entitled Firexplo. Bob was a WPI Professor of Fire Protection Engineering from 1990 to 2006. Prior to that, Bob held various positions conducting and managing fire and explosion research at Factory Mutual Research Corporation (one of the predecessors of FM Global) over a 15-year period. Bob’s consulting activities have included conducting flammable gas and combustible dust hazard and risk assessments for many industrial facilities. He has conducted numerous industrial fire and explosion incident investigations for a wide variety of organizations including the U.S. Chemical Safety Board and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Bob has been a member of the Hydrogen Safety Panel since its formation. He has led and participated on many Panel task groups dealing with generic hydrogen safety issues. Several of his consulting activities entailed hydrogen incident investigations and implementation of hydrogen incident prevention best practices.

Bob is the author of a textbook entitled Industrial Fire Protection Engineering, and co-authored the Center for Chemical Process Safety’s Guidelines for Safe Handling of Powders and Bulk Solids. He also is the author of the chapter on Explosions in the NFPA Handbook (19th and 20th Editions), and the chapter on Explosion Protection in The SFPE Handbook on Fire Protection Engineering (all editions). He is a member of the NFPA Committees on Explosion Protection, on Combustible Metals and on Fundamentals of Combustible Dust, and several advisory panels dealing with fire and explosion hazards. He has frequently provided pro bono consultation to the Boston Fire Department and New York City Department.

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